Citroën DS19 1/16 - part 1

by brae  

A new model car, especially one with cautionary reviews like the 1/16 Heller Citroën DS19, always starts with extensive research.  I look at many forums, blogs and online photo albums from people who have built, or attempted to build, the same kit.  I even look at other scales of the same car for ideas on additional detailing and color schemes. While I do look at real life examples and vintage literature, sometimes it's nice to build a car without adhering to the limitations of the real life examples.  This modeler built one to completion, and it's gorgeous.  If I can get even close to this result, I will call it a success.  :D

The other thing I do is make a copy of the instructions to mark up along the way.  These particular instructions have symbols, arrows and numbers, none of which are indicated in any legend so there's some guesswork to be done.  Fat teardrop is likely glue; fat teardrop with X through it is likely "don't" glue.  Squares with stars are decals; circled numbers are part numbers, though there will still be a lot of hunting around.  :]

The tiny numbers are paint indicators, which meant nothing until I found this posting.  It seemed to make sense with which colors I thought went where, so I printed it out for desk reference and marked up directions for ease.  No, I don't know why some are 70 numbers and some are 90 numbers when they indicate the same color, i.e., 7010 and 9010 are both black.  =shrug=  I then googled the other colors to see if I could find an approximation online so I could make an educated substitution from my existing stash of paints (or shop for new ones).

The other thing to do is figure out which sprues or parts of sprues will be primed in which color.  Spraying primer on an intact sprue always makes for an easiest start.  You can scrape paint for gluing parts and touch up a lot easier with a good base coat.  Sometimes you have loose parts that you're better off removing cleanly so they don't end up in the grass when you're spray painting outside.

Large sprues can be unwieldy and make parts prone to overspray from one side to the next, so I cut those down, too.  There aren't a whole lot of pieces to this model, so for the larger parts I might end up with a lot of popsicle stick mounts and spray them invidually for even better paint control.

Of course, sometimes you need to fill in injection marks (or sand them down).  I try to determine early on which are worth doing and which won't be seen later on anyway.  Why do the work if it won't show?  At first glance, this one doesn't seem to have many unruly spots, just a few scratches to buff and a bubble or two to sand and fill.

Dry fitting parts also makes a lot of sense for a car touted as being difficult, though you want to remove tape right away to keep the residue from marring the surfaces.  This one does appear to have a bit of gap-itis, so I will likely follow suit of the builder who glued the doors in place from the beginning.  I want "pretty to look at" over functional at this point.  And, no, this will not stay a black car in the end.  While black looks sleek, it's a pain to photograph and keep clean.  :\

The last part of the initial process is to give yourself permission to launch the project into high speed traffic if it truly becomes a bear that you just know you can't tackle any longer.  :]

12 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Great car!

03/02/17 @ 18:41
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

‘Gap-itis"! Love that word. Now that you’ve deciphered the instructions, you can add “codebreaker” to your CV.

03/02/17 @ 19:02
Comment from: Shelleybweb [Visitor]  

In the posting with the paint numbers the 70 are matte and the 90 are gloss paints. I enjoy seeing your work, it is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your processes.

03/02/17 @ 21:29
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

The last part of the initial process is to give yourself permission to launch the process into high speed traffic if it truly becomes a bear that you just know you can’t tackle any longer.

For someone as dedicated as you, someone who pays such attention to the tiniest details, I figure this is one of the hardest bits.

03/02/17 @ 21:33
Comment from: Nancy Enge [Visitor]

I love how you prepare for projects, taking care to optimize for efficiency and success :)

03/02/17 @ 21:42
Comment from: brae [Member]

See, I learn something new every day! Since the poster wrote “Matt” - I thought that was his name! :)) Thanks, Shelleybweb for pointing out the paint info. &#59;D

I think I used to “hang in there” much more than I do now. There are so many things I’d like to do, I now accept when it’s time to move to the next great thing. :yes:

03/02/17 @ 21:58
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

Oh wow… this is another one of those projects I’m going to find fascinating and simultaneously swear to never do myself because I’d kill one of my cats for stealing pieces.

I’m always amazed at the level of detail you bring to your projects and the depth of your preparation.

03/03/17 @ 07:56
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

Proper preparation is the key to a successful outcome. We all learn that at some point, but I know no one who has taken it to heart and proven it true like you have. Most of us are too impatient.

I just love to watch you work. I wish I could sit on a stool in the corner of your workroom, glasses on my nose, with a pad and pencil.

03/04/17 @ 04:16
Comment from: brae [Member]

Aw, thanks so much!!! &#59;D

03/04/17 @ 09:02
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

As soon as you said ‘people who have attempted’ to make this kit I’d be running in the opposite direction. I’m sure with your skills, this will be a breeze. 0_0 Good luck! :0)

03/05/17 @ 07:38
Comment from: Thalia [Visitor]

Don’t forget the rust! Citroën DS’s can be upwards of 80% rust and still drive.

My sister has a bunch of them (1:1 size, I mean). Not that any of them run, though her 2CV does. She’s a bit of a Citroën fan, and I’ve gone along with her to the occasional Citroën car event. They’re the funniest car company–they either make these luxurious things with a squishy-soft ride and an interior like a boudoir (the DS) or art student budget tin cans held together with rubber bands where none of the dashboard buttons match, like said student found them in the bottom of their mom’s junk drawer and just shrugged and said *alors*. One or the other, no in-between. So very very *French*.

Anyway, good luck!

03/14/17 @ 03:09
Comment from: brae [Member]

:)) Yeah, I did give pause in getting this kit, but I figured it was worth the try.

I haven’t seen many in person, just photographs. I will try to go for newish, so the less rust and oddball additions the better. :yes:

03/18/17 @ 14:46


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